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Going beyond disaster

Going beyond disaster
Learning to deal with disasters, both man-made and natural, has been the subject of several documentaries and films globally,some of which were shown at a special festival in the city.

Shock Waves 2012, a two-day film festival on disaster risk reduction, was organised by Global Forum for Disaster Reduction [GFDR] in collaboration with Japan Foundaation, India, Unicef, UNDO,  National Disaster Management Authority [NDMA], United Nations Disaster Management Team [UNDMT, India], Unicef, Sphere India, Plan India and Film Trust India.

The event, which began in Delhi on August 3, screened films on issues relating to disaster management. ‘Apart from experiencing sharing and raising awareness, these films also help sensitise common people and decision makers towards issues,’ says Anuj Tiwari, Executive Director Second International Film Festival on Disaster Risk Reduction — Shock Waves.

‘This becomes important as the experience worldwide shows that an informed and a more prepared society has been able to face disasters in a much better way,’ he says.

The initiative was begun in 2010 with an Asian Film Festival on Disaster Risk Reduction at Incheon, in Korea during the fourth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in collaboration with Asian Disaster Reduction Centre Kobe Japan and Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre Bangkok, Thailand.

GFDR then hosted the first Shock Waves festival in April in Delhi last year.

Films screened this year were slotted in different categories — Learnings from Japan, Living with Disasters, Beyond Disasters [Sustainable Development], Indigenous Knowledge and Practices, Protecting our Earth, Culture of Disaster Preparedness [School and Community Focus].

Beyond Prayers,
a film by Neelima Mathur on Ladakh, documented the work done by Chewang Norphel to ensure that farmers get adequate water supply during summer.

Setting sail from the ruins, Can you see our lights?, Japan after 3:11 were among a selection of films that portrayed how theJapanese rebuilt their lives in a nation that has witnessed several calamities. [PTI]
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